24th May 2017

The Temple of God

“For you are the Temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’”
2 Corinthians 6:16 (NKJV)

How does it feel to be the Temple of God? The abode, the dwelling place, the sanctuary, the very place where God can be found? Isn’t that awesome—doesn’t that just blow your mind? What a heavy responsibility that is for the people of the great God and what does it mean for us?

The prophet Ezekiel had a vision of a new Temple some fourteen years after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. The Temple had been razed to the ground and the Ark of the Covenant was gone, but this faithful prophet of God records some amazing information about this new Temple in the final eight chapters of his writings.

I’d like us to consider today the river that flows out from that Temple, recorded in chapter 47 of Ezekiel verses 1-12. The prophet saw this Temple in a vision; he also had an angelic guide showing him around, who had a measuring rod with him. As Ezekiel followed him, he measures 500 yards at intervals. At first the river was ankle deep, then it was knee deep, next it was up to his waist and finally it was so deep he could not cross. The guide explained that this great river that flows out from the Temple of God eventually pours into the Dead Sea and those stagnant waters become fresh and teem with fish—all this because the waters from the Temple flow into it (Verse 8). Notice also that the trees on the river bank flourished and grew, producing fresh fruit every month. The man with Ezekiel told him that the fruit would serve for food and their leaves for healing—again, all because of the waters that flow from the sanctuary! (Verse 12).

What a beautiful picture of what flows out from the Temple of God and what it brings about as it flows. As we saw earlier, Christians are that Temple and we are not called to be sponges, soaking everything up for ourselves, but a big, broad, beautiful healing river, flowing out to a hungry, thirsty, desperate world, bringing nourishment and healing through Jesus Christ. Jesus is recorded by John as saying, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive” (John 7:38-39 NIV).

Let us allow the Spirit of God to flow out freely from us and become like great river that Ezekiel saw in his vision of the Temple bringing spiritual food and healing for others!

Prayer
Father, may we be the ones to make a difference by the Spirit’s power in this dark world as we continually yield to his flow!
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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